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Cumulative human impacts on marine ecosystems [BIP]

Cumulative human impacts on marine ecosystems [BIP]

Indicator description

The Cumulative Human Impact on Marine Ecosystems indicator predicts the impact on marine biodiversity and ecosystems from multiple anthropogenic stressors.

Cumulative impact assessments model, or predict, the overall impact from a suite of stressors based on the unique and cumulative vulnerability of biodiversity to anthropogenic stressors such as pollution, climate change and fishing. An increase in the cumulative impact score indicates that a stressor or suite of stressors is having an increased impact on biodiversity. As cumulative impact scores approach zero, biodiversity is decreasingly threatened by human activities.

Mapping with Sustainable Development Goals

SDG Target 14.1

By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution

SDG Target 14.2

By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans